June 6, 1973 |
Kalengada Bhemaiah Chinapa, better known as Nikhil Chinapa and VJ Nikhil, (born in Bangalore, India on 6 June 1973) is an Indian radio jockey and video jockey and is a popular presenter on MTV India. He was the Festival Director of Asia's premier music festival Sunburn Festival in Goa before parting with Percept INC in fall 2013.
Personal life and background
Nikhil Chinapa was born in Bangalore and has lived in Agra, where he studied in St. George's College, Agra. His father, an Indian Army Paratrooper, was then transferred to Secunderabad where he studied in Faust and for a few months in Begumpet's Hyderabad Public School. He then went on to study at St. Joseph's Boys' High School, Bangalore.
Role in The Indian Dance Music Scene
Today, Chinapa and his company called Submerge Music are known for having been instrumental in bringing the most prominent DJs to India such as the likes of Above & Beyond, Swedish House Mafia, Alesso, Deniz Koyu, Armin Van Buuren, Zedd, Hardwell and Tiesto.
He has a massive fan following among EDM (Electronic Dance Music) enthusiasts on Twitter and is credited by and large to be a pioneer for EDM in India.
His firm Submerge promotes upcoming DJs and events at clubs in the metro cities of Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. His name is now synonymous for contemporary dance and music events across India. He started Submerge to promote the image of a DJ as an artist rather than adhering to the popular demand of the audience at clubs.
- He was the VJ of MTV's one of the most famous shows "MTV Select" in late 90's.
- He was a judge of Fame X in 2006 in its first series alongside Daler Mehndi and Ganesh Hegde.
- He hosted 2 Seasons of "India's Got Talent" along with MTV VJ Ayushmann Khurrana on "Colors" channel
- He was appointed as a jury member in a new show in MTV India known as "Mtv Rock On"
- He was a judge of MTV Roadies Season 4,5,7.
- He solo hosted MTV Splitsvilla seasons 2,4,5.
- He co-hosted MTV Splitsvilla season 3 with Deepti Gujral.
- He co-hosted MTV Splitsvilla season 6 with Sherlyn Chopra.
- He co-hosts MTV Splitsvilla season 7 with Sunny Leone.
He has appeared as an actor in:
His role in Snip! with Sophia Haque created controversy for some explicit scenes with her.
- Sunburn Festival in Goa Official site
- The Hindu article: Laugh at your own flaws
- Yahoo! Lifestyle: Exclusive: Koovs + Nikhil Chinapa launch fashion line
- The Asian Age: Musicians hit a high style note
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Nikhil Chinapa.|
- Nikhil Chinapa at the Internet Movie Database
- Submerge website (Dance music collective founded and run by Nikhil Chinapa
- VJ Nikhil page on MTV India